Australia’s new skilled Regional visas to start accepting applications from November 16, 2019

Australia’s new Skilled Regional Visas i.e., Skilled Work Regional Visa Subclass 491 and Skilled Employer-Sponsored Regional Visa Subclass 494 are going to start accepting the applications from November 16, 2019. These new skilled regional visas will replace the existing regional visas, i.e. Skilled Regional provisional visa subclass 489 and Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme Visa Subclass 187 – Direct Entry Stream. Also, the Australian Government has announced a few changes in the Australian Points System W.e.f. November 16, 2019. Check out a little more information about the new skilled visas.

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Australia’s new skilled Regional Visas

The introduction of both the new skilled regional visas aims at encouraging regional migration and from November 16, 2019, onward, the Government will start accepting the applications. These two visas will replace the popular regional visas – Subclass 489 and Subclass 187.

Subclass 489 is a four-year provisional visa that allows an applicant to live, work and resides in regional areas of Australia provided you have nomination/sponsorship from relatives living in there or from state/territory government of Australia. On the other hand, as per the declaration from the Australian Government, the subclass 187 visa –Direct Entry stream will be closed to new applications from November 16, 2019. Therefore, the employers under this visa program who wish to submit RSMS nomination and visa applications under the direct entry stream have to lodge a request for valuation by a specific Regional Certifying Body (RCB) following local labor market conditions before the closing date.

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Advantages of New Regional Visas

  1. The processing of regional visa applications will be done on a priority basis.
  2. Visa holders are eligible to apply for a permanent residency visa without going through a second nomination stage, if eligible through the subclass 191 visa, which is going to be implemented from November 16, 2022.
  3. Supplementary points are given to subclass 491 visa applicants.
  4. Numerous occupations on hand as compared to non-regional visas
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